The Caribbean: a forgotten refuge from the Shoah

Joanna Newman, The JC, 10/24/2019

Some put down roots, some moved on and many were interned. The story of Jews' flights to the Caribbean is still echoed in the tales told by today's migrants.

Meet the Jews of Havana: The Small but Thriving Cuban Community You Didn’t Know Existed

Harry D. Wall, Haaretz, 07/25/2019

A tightly-knit Jewish community whose members escaped the Spanish Inquisition and survived Castro’s revolution is there to stay, despite the challenges and uncertain future on the island.

Curacao, the Island That Brought Jews to the Americas

Gail P. Dubov, Moment, 09/27/2018

It’s hard to imagine that at one time, this tiny island, so far from the cobblestone streets of Portugal, the canals of Amsterdam and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, had the largest Jewish population in the Americas.

Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere’s Oldest Synagogues

Ryan Schuessler, Hakai Magazine, 02/20/2017

Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of Curaçao.

Jewish pirates of the Caribbean

Gil Stern Stern ZOHAR, Jerusalem Post, 04/09/2016

Ships called the ‘Queen Esther,’ the ‘Prophet Samuel’ and the ‘Shield of Abraham’ roamed the high seas.

A Jewish language born of a Caribbean creole

Timothy Mckeon, Collectanea Linguistica, 02/12/2016

Geography in the News: Curaçao, Newly Independent Micro-State?

Neal Lineback, National Geographic, 02/10/2014

Curaçao became a quasi-independent country Oct. 10, 2010, making it one of the world’s 195 recognized countries, according to the U.S. State Department.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge

Edward Kritzler, Anchor, 11/03/2009

The tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. They attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.

Jews of Curacao

JTA Team, JTA, 02/06/1935

Under the title “An American Island, Which Is Almost a Jewish State,” the Spanish periodical “Nuestra Raza” (Our Race) publishes an article on the history of the Jewish community on the island of Curacao.

Jewish Music with A Caribbean Flair

Rabbi Juan Mejia, Jewish&, 07/18/2016

Chavurat Nahariyah is an exciting group of young families in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla in my native Colombia.

The Liqueur-Making Jews of Curacao

Leah Falk, The Forward, 04/25/2015

La Nacion: Jews of the Caribbean

Tanya Lee, Caribbean News Now!, 06/17/2013

In Curacao, dwindling community maintains oldest synagogue in west

Larry Luxner, JTA Email Edition, 06/08/2005

Discovering Jewish Roots on Caribbean Soil

Boris Fishman, New York Times, 03/27/2005